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7 Amazing Facts About Coasteering

Coasteering in Newquay, Cornwall

Have you heard of the fantastic outdoor activity that is coasteering? If not then you are in for a treat! Coasteering is a superb activity that allows you to explore coastal regions of the UK in a controlled but exciting manner. Coasteering has seen a surge in popularity in recent years and has developed greatly since its inception in the 1970’s. For those of you who are intrigued by this activity, but know little about it, these 7 amazing facts will help introduce you to the world of coasteering!

1. Coasteering involves scrambling and climbing

These are two of the main aspects of coasteering – interacting with cliff faces by scrambling and climbing. During a coasteering session, you may scramble along various sections of coastline, and climb down a rock face into the frothy waters below. These activities are supervised by coasteering instructors and you can gain encouragement from other members of your group.

2. Coasteering is hugely popular in Cornwall and Pembrokeshire

The UK boasts some fantastic stretches of coastline that are simply perfect for coasteering. Cornwall and Pembrokeshire are two particular locations that are renowned for their wonderful coasteering opportunities. Both counties offer some brilliant stretches of rugged coast complete with rocky cliffs, hidden bays and long stretches of golden beach.

3. Coasteering cliff jumps can be as high as 25 ft

One other aspect of coasteering aside from scrambling and climbing is the exciting cliff jump. This is not everyone’s cup of tea, but it is an integral part of coasteering, and we would recommend that everyone give it a go! Some of the cliffs you will explore can be as high as 25 ft, and jumping from the top of one of these is a pure adrenaline rush!

4. Coasteering can involve adventure swimming

Aside from scrambling and cliff jumping, coasteering often includes adventure swimming. This type of swimming can involve exploring cliff bases and areas of the sea that provide interesting geological features. Furthermore, you may even get the chance to explore hidden caves and bays that can only be reached via swimming!

5. Coasteering has high levels of health & safety

Some people fear that coasteering is highly unsafe and often leads to accidents. This is not the case! Safety is taken very seriously for all coasteering guides, hence why protective clothing and accessories are provided, and safety briefings are given before any adventure.

6. Coasteering lets you study coastline ecology

Not only does coasteering give you the opportunity to exercise and have a great time with your friends, it also allows you to improve your knowledge of our coastlines and scientific studies such as rock geology and tidal waves. You will interact with the natural world, and your guides will regale you with some interesting facts about the coastlines you are exploring.

7. The term Coasteering was first used in the 1970s

Coasteering has historical roots in the UK and it is said that the term was first used in the 1970’s by a group of friends from Pembrokeshire. These friends had spent many hours exploring the coastal region of this beautiful county and gave birth to the idea of coasteering. From that point, the activity has grown in popularity and is practised in many countries throughout the world.

We hope these 7 facts have inspired you and given you a keen insight into what coasteering is all about! Why not have a look at the regions you can undertake this fantastic outdoor activity and get involved today? See our Coasteering section for more information.

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